Photo via Daily Mail
The local news has finally broadcast a story worth talking about, surrounding three Japanese tourists who tried to use their satnav to drive (across water) to Stradbroke Island. For those not in or around the Brisbane district, its a good 15km journey by barge, so the chance of making the trip in a shitty little Hyundai ‘Getz‘ was about as likely as them returning the hire car the following Monday. I do admit, the amount of faith they placed in that satellite navigation system was admirable, with their belief managing to outweigh age old concepts like gravity, buoyancy and friction. At what point they realised that the GPS was perhaps lying to them is anyone’s guess, but unfortunately by the time their feet were wet, the car was fucked and it was game over. After 500m of ‘mangrove driving’ (which they may or may not believe to be an Australian sport), the car bogged out in about two feet of water, the three occupants confused as to why the satnav system had been so cruel. “It kept saying it would navigate us to a road” Yuzu Noda told the Daily Mail, still unsure of what she had done to offend the modern piece of technology, “We got stuck…there’s lots of mud” she surmised intelligently. As a rule of thumb, in anything less than a Military spec amphibious vehicle, driving into the Pacific Ocean is not recommended in Australia.
Once all hope was lost, the three members (hereafter referred to as the ‘adventure squad’) abandoned the car to seek immediate help. Once RACQ arrived (and probably laughed), the car was labeled as a complete write off, a victim of the blue blanket many refer to as the ocean. Still confused how the adventure squad had managed to traverse over 500m of mangroves in a 1.4 litre front wheel drive sandwich toaster with wheels, the tow truck bro gave them all a lift back to the Gold Coast. Looking back on the incident, its hard to tell whether they would have done anything differently. In a chat with the Daily Mail, they did mention they would like to come back to Australia sometime soon. This time however, they will try to drive on water in a four wheel drive.